I have a complicated relationship with cauliflower. I always end up buying too much of it and then end up having to throw some of it away (which I hate). I use it in stir fries and I’ve made “rice” with it, but oftentimes it gets hidden in the back of the fridge until it’s too late. I decided enough was enough and made cauliflower mashed potatoes.
Cauliflower mashed potatoes isn’t a new concept. I’ve seen more recipes for cauliflower mashed potatoes swirling the internet then I know what to do with. I saw a cauliflower puree on Foodologie’s blog and decided to use that as my recipe inspiration.
The trick to making good cauliflower mashed potatoes is to use the right amount of seasoning to give the “potatoes” more flavor. Cauliflower by itself tends to be kind of bland, so feel free to use a little extra seasoning to dress it up a bit. I also found that the cauliflower mash tastes better after cooking in the oven a bit.
This recipe is incredibly easy and is a great way to use up extra cauliflower!
Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (inspired by Foodologie)
1 head of cauliflower, chopped
3 crimini mushrooms
1/2 tbsp butter (or bacon fat)
Any other seasoning of your choice
Preheat your oven to 350F.
Bring a pot of water to boil. Place your cauliflower in the pot and cook until nice and tender.
While your cauliflower is cooking, chop your mushrooms and shallots and saute in a small skillet. I tend to grease the skillet with some olive oil, but you can use bacon fat or coconut oil if you so choose. Remove mushrooms and shallots from the skillet once they are caramelized and set aside.
Drain your cauliflower and place in a food processor with your butter, salt and pepper, and your caramelized mushroom and shallot mixture. Puree until smooth. This may take a few minutes depending on the strength of your food processor.
Place your cauliflower mashed potatoes in a baking dish and put in the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
While this doesn’t taste exactly like traditional mashed potatoes, it’s pretty close. The texture is nice and creamy, and I think next time I’ll add some chopped bacon to my cauliflower mashed potatoes just for fun.
Now that I’ve done cauliflower rice and mash, I think I need to attack the elusive cauliflower pizza crust next. Any recipe suggestions?